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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Amaranth Plant


Amaranth


Amaranth plant is a broad-leafed, bushy plant that grows about six feet tall. Amaranth is a plant used in herbal remedies that is found in your garden or in the wild and may provide a unique traditional health benefit reducing blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Amaranth plant is an important plant to the nutrition of Africa. 

Leaves and young plant stems are cooked as spinach and have a mild flavor and the seeds of the Amaranth plant are ground into flour. Amaranth produces a brightly colored flower that can contain up to 60,000 seeds. Also known as, Chinese spinach or callaloo in Caribbean cooking, amaranth is a green leafy vegetable and is widely grown across East, West and Southern Africa.

Cook and serve amaranth leaves in a similar way to spinach or Swiss chard - boiled, steamed or fried. They only need brief cooking. Cooked Amaranth plant leaves are eaten as vegetables, soups, stews and relishes.


Recipe


Simple amaranth recipe

Simple amaranth recipe 



Amaranth Plant


Ingredients
2 pounds amaranth, washed coarsely chopped
1 large onion, sliced
6 garlic cloves, sliced
1 chopped hot pepper
Salt ground black pepper to taste
Oil for sautéing


Directions
In a large skillet over high heat, when skillet starts to smoke add oil and onions. Cook for 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, add the garlic and hot pepper, cook 2 minutes more, and then add the amaranth in batches until it has completely collapsed.  Add water if too dry, and continue to cook about 15 minutes more.



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